Read it and Weep
Summary: Read it and Weep is a good podcast about bad books, movies, and TV. Each week 2.5 comedians and a guest make fun of things like Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, Dear John by Nicholas Sparks, Going Rogue by Sarah Palin, and anything Keanu Reeves has been in.
Anthony hosts a special bonus that could be called Slightly Condescending Video Game School. Him and Hunter dive deep into the new remake of the game Final Fantasy VII. Alex sometimes seems like he's paying attention.
We sit down to discuss the very short but very strong coffee that is Maya Dern's 1940s experimental short film. Has Alex learned enough to say something interesting about it? Almost certainly not!
Okay I think we finally found one that has nothing to do with the current situation. We watched the apocalyptic--ah shit now I see it. Ignoring that, it's a movie about robots fighting but it's good, and excuse for the professors to talk about James Cameron.
It's a scary time, sure. But you know what's scarier? A wet skull alien bursting out of your chest. So there's that. Mentioned in the episode: https://read-weep.com/podcast/riaw-292-international-live-show-mom-edition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwPYz9fSQZ4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa6mUXRvKH8
In another accidentally very related issue, today we watched the Alfred Hitchcock classic Rear Window. Just like Jimmy Stewart, we're all stuck at home watching true crime stuff, so it really is perfect. Also given Hitchcock's past, we introduce a new segment, "Um... Is This Okay?"
Completely unrelated to any topical events, we sat down to watch an existential plague movie about how we all die eventually and it’s meaningless. Okay, it’s definitely not that bleak. It’s really a movie about a love of board games. Also it’s an important work of film. Enjoy!
Because of the virus, school is closed for a week. So we rolled in a TV cart and sent our best thoughts to Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson! We talked about Thomas The Hank engine's career, mostly focusing on A League of Their Own (1992) which features a very rare site, Tom Hanks being hard to like. We hope they recover quickly and that Chet Hanks gets his life together.
I didn't expect, when I started this class, for so much of film knowledge to be about samurai. But apparently it's really important. Find out why when class convenes to discuss the epic (man it's so long) samurai film from the 50s.
I don't really get comic book movies. So in this special Office Hours episode, I sat down with Professor Lopez to discuss why these films have taken over and what makes them good. We also had an interesting talk about studios and how the same one that made The Emoji Movie made this.
This week on Slightly Condescending Film School, Alex brought a movie that he really enjoyed, and was a huge box office hit, but also doesn't fit the patterns of box office hits. It's not a sequel, it's not an adaptation, and nobody in it has magical powers. We talk about writer/director Rian Johnson and in our new segment Employee of the Month we talk (a little bit at least) about the role of the production designer. Plus we recommend you follow the cinematographer Steve Yedlin on Twitter @SteveYedlin.
Well that didn't go how I'd expected. I asked the professors and fan favorite Amanda Linebaugh (@amandable) to talk to me about the career of Quentin Tarantino and while I didn't learn much about the craft of film-making, I did get a lot to think about regarding him as a person. Also, we continue our season-long discussion of pizza boxes.
Alex and Hunter meet alone for a special Office Hours edition of Slightly Condescending Film School. They talk about Citizen Kane, yes, but they talk a lot more about pizza boxes, the role of directors, and listener emails. It's a really good episode.
We're back in session talking about all 9 movies up for the Best Picture award at the 92 Oscars. Who will win? Who deserves to win? Why is Joker nominated at all? We've got the hottest takes of any classroom. The nominees 1917 Ford V Ferrari The Irishman Jojo Rabbit Joker Little Women Marriage Story Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Parasite Guest: @PhoebeBottoms
Condescending Class is back in session as the boys learn about Ang Lee, Wuxia epics, and whether or not it's physically possible to die. Join us next week to talk about whether or not the Oscars matter (they don't.) Hunter recommends the "Wuxia Ashes of Time" Ezra suggest "Shaolin Soccer" and "Kung Fu Hustle"
Slightly Condescending Film School returns with a brief lesson on the French New Wave. It's confusing enough that we have to constantly ask, is this the style or just a French thing?